Carmarthen Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are aiming to finish August unbeaten as they travel to Carmarthen Town on matchday four of the JD Cymru Premier tonight (7:45pm kick-off).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side remain second in the table following Monday’s 2-2 draw with Bala Town, who are top of the league on away goals scored. We twice led against the Lakesiders at Jenner Park through Drew Fahiya and Kayne McLaggon, but goals from Lassana Mendes and Stuart Jones meant the game finished all square.

Carmarthen’s Bank Holiday fixture also ended level, as they drew 1-1 away to last season’s runners-up Connah’s Quay Nomads. Liam Thomas scored his second goal of the season to put the Old Gold in front, but Callum Morris bundled home to equalise 20 minutes later. It was Carmarthen’s first point of the new season, following defeats to Aberystwyth Town (3-2) and Newtown (2-1) in their opening two matches.

Barry won both encounters with Neil Smothers’s side last season, including a thrilling 3-2 victory at tonight’s venue, Richmond Park, thanks to goals from Jon Hood, Chris Hugh and a Kayne McLaggon penalty. Hugh was also on the scoresheet when the two sides had met at Jenner Park two months earlier – his 49th minute strike proving the difference in a 1-0 win.

The good news ahead of tonight’s match is that Jon Hood returns from suspension, hoping to add to his wonder strike against Penybont in the opening game. Unfortunately Jordan Cotterill’s ban continues, while Mike Lewis and Troy Greening remain unavailable through injury.

Looking ahead to the trip west, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’ll be a tough game as always at Richmond Park, they’re coming off the back of a good point away at Connah’s Quay. We know they’ll be organised, we know that they’ve added some players over the summer that bring a different edge to their team. But then again, so have we. It’s going to be a difficult challenge, but it’s a game we look forward to and a challenge we embrace.”

Ticket prices for tonight’s game are £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for under-11s. We’re expecting a dry evening at Richmond Park with light cloud and a fresh breeze.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The only two teams with 100% records remaining in the JD Cymru Premier League meet this afternoon, as Barry Town United host Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

It’s the second game at Jenner Park in the space of four days, following Barry’s 3-1 win over Aberystwyth Town on Friday evening. Kayne McLaggon’s incredible 30 yard strike made it 1-0 early on, before Clayton Green doubled our lead before half-time. McLaggon made it three with just over ten minutes to play, but there was to be no clean sheet for Barry as Paulo Mendes nodded home an Aberystwyth consolation.

Bala also won 3-1 on Friday, pulling off a fantastic result to beat TNS for the first time in 39 attempts. The perennial champions had a 1-0 lead at half-time thanks to Dean Ebbe’s header, but a brace from Chris Venables and Louis Robles’s finish from close range gave the Lakesiders a historic victory. It followed on from their 2-1 win over newly promoted Airbus in the first game of the season, Venables again netting twice in that fixture. It means that the veteran striker is the current top scorer in the JD Cymru Premier, with Kayne McLaggon’s three goals putting him second.

Of course last season’s Phase Two encounter with Bala will live long in a memory as a 5-2 win at Maes Tegid secured European qualification for Barry for the first time in 16 years. The hosts were 2-0 up at the hour mark, but goals from Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon (two), Mo Touray and Drew Fahiya completed a magical comeback. The other three meetings between the sides last season saw one Bala victory and two Barry wins – one of which was the thrilling 3-2 triumph at Jenner Park in August.

Jon Hood was one of the goalscorers that day, but he remains suspended this afternoon along with Jordan Cotterill due to the red cards the pair received against Penybont. Troy Greening picked up an injury in the same game, and will be assessed in the next couple of days for a full diagnosis to be given. Mike Lewis is back in training.

Speaking after our win over Aberystwyth, Gavin Chesterfield looked ahead to today’s match: 

“It’s a tough game against Bala and they’ve had a great result tonight. They’ve strengthened over the summer, we’ve strengthened over the summer. It’s two teams who were relatively evenly matched last year – what’s not to like? It’s an exciting game to be a part of!”.

Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.

Barry Town United vs Aberystwyth Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts league football for the first time in four months as Barry Town United return to home turf for their second match of the 2019/20 JD Cymru Premier season. Aberystwyth Town are the visitors for a 7:45pm kick off.

Gavin Chesterfield’s side will be looking to make it two wins from two following last Friday’s 2-1 win over Penybont in the Five Mile Lane Derby. After a goalless first half, the top-flight newcomers took the lead soon after the break as Kane Owen converted from the penalty spot when Evan Press was judged to have fouled Curtis Hutson in the box. Barry fought hard to come back though, and levelled through Man of the Match Kayne McLaggon before Jon Hood struck a trademark volley from 25 yards out to secure the three points in sublime fashion.

Unfortunately we will be without both Hood and captain Jordan Cotterill tonight as the pair are suspended following red cards in the last few minutes at the Kymco Stadium. Mike Lewis and Chris Hugh missed the game through injury, but the pair are close to returning to full fitness ahead of tonight.

With one game gone, Aberystwyth are top of the JD Cymru Premier table (on goals scored) after their win over Camarthen Town last Friday. Matthew Bishop’s side defeated the Old Gold 3-2 thanks to a brace from captain Marc Williams and a wonder goal from Luke Boundford, who found the back of the net with a right-footed volley from the edge of the area. Both players were also on the scoresheet in Aberystwyth’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Cambrian & Clydach in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup the previous week.

Barry did the double over the Black and Greens last season, first claiming a 1-0 win at Park Avenue thanks to Clayton Green’s 16th minute strike. In the reverse fixture at Jenner Park which brought phase one to a close, two early goals from Mo Touray were enough to secure the three points despite Porya Ahmadi scoring a second half free-kick for the visitors. Aberystwyth would go on to finish eighth in the league table, their highest placing since 2016.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The first home game of the season is always a great occasion. It’s fair to say we were nowhere near our best against Penybont last week but it’s encouraging that the lads found a way to win. Aberystwyth are an experienced JD Cymru Premier team and I’m sure it’ll be an entertaining game.” 

Tickets at Jenner Park tonight will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.

Penybont FC vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The action starts in the re-branded Cymru Premier on Friday night (kick-off 8pm), and you couldn’t have asked for many better fixtures to start. Barry Town United will make the short journey to newly-promoted Penybont FC in what we’re affectionately calling ‘The Five Mile Lane Derby’. The match will also take it’s place in Welsh football history as the first ever televised fixture in Bridgend.

For Barry, it will be a chance to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing exit from the Nathaniel MG Cup at the hands of Haverfordwest County. Kayne McLaggon had given us the lead at the Bridge Meadow Stadium before a late equaliser took the game to a penalty shoot-out, in which the hosts emerged victorious.

Our most recent meeting with Penybont also came in knockout competition – last season’s Welsh Cup third round. It ended 4-1 to Barry at Jenner Park, with Jon Hood, Mo Touray and Louis Gerrard all scoring in extra-time after Luke Borrelli had cancelled out Macauley Southam-Hales’s goal in normal time.

The Bont got their 2019/20 campaign off to a perfect start last week with a 4-1 win over Goytre United in the Nathaniel MG Cup. Rhys Griffiths’s side now look ahead to a first ever taste of the top-flight following an incredible surge to the Welsh Football League Division One title last year. The club went all 30 league games unbeaten and ended up 20 points clear at the top of the table, finishing the campaign with an emphatic 9-0 win over Cwmamman United. Barry were one of just three teams – along with Newtown and Ynysygerwn – to defeat them all season.

Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted for Rhys. He’s a good friend and he’s done brilliantly to get Penybont into the league – they’ve been trying for many years. But that friendship gets put aside and rivalries start.

“It’s a great game to look forward to. They’ll be full of enthusiasm for their first game in the Cymru Premier, and we’re full of enthusiasm to try and taste what we’ve done in the past.”

Also commenting on Griffiths, Kayne McLaggon said:

“He knows this league inside out, he’s played in it more than nearly everybody really. So he knows the league, he knows what to expect and he’ll have his players revved up to fight against us.

“There’s no pressure on them. We’ve been in that position before – in my first season here we were new to the league. When there’s no pressure on you, you can go and play a bit more freely. It’s probably good that the cameras are there so hopefully there’s a little bit of pressure on them, something that they’re not used to.

“It’s a bit of derby, they can almost cause an upset and I’m sure the cameras will be expecting an upset, that’s why they’re there! It will be a difficult game for both sides. I think it’s one that if I wasn’t playing in that I’d be watching.”

Tickets will cost £7 at the KYMCO Stadium on Friday night, with concessions priced at £5. Under 15s are free, while you can purchase a programme for £2.50.

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town United | Nathaniel MG Cup Preview

This Saturday we return to competitive action for the first time since our Europa League adventure as we travel to Haverfordwest County AFC in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup. Kick-off is 2:30pm at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

Gavin Chesterfield has been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in six new players. Jack Compton and Luke Cummings have already made their debuts for the club against Cliftonville, while Callum Sainty is back for his second spell at Jenner Park. But this weekend could see competitive debuts handed to George Ratcliffe, Eli Phipps and Keyon Reffell.

Phipps and Reffell scored one goal each in the 2-0 win over STM Sports at the end of July, while the former also netted in the thrilling 6-3 victory against Pontypridd Town along with Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon, Jon Hood and Drew Fahiya. Our third and final pre-season fixture ended in a 2-1 defeat to a Swansea Under-23 side, but it was not without a trademark wonder goal from Hood, whose goal against Pontypridd was also nothing short of spectacular.

Haverfordwest meanwhile have faced Camarthen Town (3-1 win), Penrhyncoch FC (2-0), Goodwick United (3-1 win) and Cardiff City Under 23s (4-3 defeat) in friendlies in preparation for today’s game and their upcoming JD Cymru South campaign. 2019/20 will be their fourth successive season in the second tier following relegation from the JD Welsh Premier League in 2016.

Appointed as manager last September, Wayne Jones is in his second spell in charge of The Bluebirds and led them to a third place finish in the Welsh Football League Division One last season. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup and round four of the Welsh Cup.

Gavin Chesterfield of course also spent a couple of months at the Haverfordwest helm in 2010, and commented ahead of this weekend’s game:

“Haverfordwest will have designs on getting back into the JD Cymru Premier next year so I know they’ll be competitive. I know Wayne well and I know he’ll have them well-organised.

“They’ve made some good signings themselves in pre-season, but it’s chance for us to get rid of pre-season if you like and start the games in earnest. I know that will bring the best out of the lads.

“I expect it to be a difficult game. It’s a cup game so anything can happen, but it’s a game that we approach with excitement, enthusiasm and a high level of humbleness”.

Part Time Shop Assistant Wanted!

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Barry Town Football Club are looking for a Part Time Shop Assistant to work in their Club Shop on Weekend & Midweek Matchdays, ideally the person should have some retail experience and an interest in sport.

Duties will include;

To sell Barry Town Merchandise to Supporters

To Manage Documentation of Sales & Orders

Handling Cash

Balancing Takings

Stock Control

Housekeeping of Club Shop

 

The Person should be;

Enthusiastic

Some level of Customer Service Experience

Punctual, Well Mannered, Professional Appearance

Ability to work under own initiative and direction

 

Salary £20 per match ( Maximum of 1½ hours per Matchday)

 

If interested, please Email Detail to; amanda@macronstorecardiff.com

Head of Foundation Phase Announced

Following significant investment and growth in our academy, the club are pleased to announce Nathan Nurton as our Head of Foundation Phase.

Nathan re-joins the club at an exciting time and will lead our young players through their vital early steps in football.

Nathan has extensive experience at foundation phase with both Cardiff and Swansea City. Whilst he has previously been Head of Player Development for the Vale of Glamorgan Football Academy.

Damian Flynn, Head of Coaching and Academy Director commented:

“I’m delighted to have someone of Nathan’s experience on board. We see the foundation phase as critical stage in our players development. He’s another local coach who knows the local landscape very well and has a proven track record of player development.”

Development Team Staff Announcement

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The club are delighted to announce our new Development Team staff; Jamie Sherwood joins as Manager and Peter Fordham as Coach.

Both Jamie and Peter bring extensive coaching and youth experience to their roles. Jamie holds a UEFA A License and is A FAWSL Championship Winning Head Coach. He is currently Head of Football at the Cardiff & Vale College.

Jamie has a proud heritage in player development and player progression with over 20 players in four years at Yeovil Town LFC progressing through the development team pathway into the first team squad. Whilst working within the Welsh senior game Jamie has continued this theme through developing young talent and offering many opportunities of first team football.

Peter also holds The UEFA A Senior and Youth licenses. He brings much experience having won the development team league with Merthyr Town and working as a YDP Coach at Newport County. Peter’s experience of working with Liverpool International Academy has seen him travel around the world gathering further knowledge on different coaching approaches and methodologies. This experience will only benefit our Academy players further.

The appointment of two UEFA A License coaches in our development team represents a significant development and step forward for our club.

On behalf of the club we would like to thank outgoing Development Team Manager Stevie McCarthy-Campbell for all his hard work and efforts. Stevie has worked incredibly hard since the inception of our academy and we are delighted he will continue as our Head of Youth Development Phase. We also wish Stevie the best of luck in his role as Ely Rangers First Team Manager.

Louis Gerrard Departs

Today we say our goodbyes to Louis Gerrard.

Louis joined us from Caerau Ely in March 2016 and proved an instant hit with the supporters due to his honest and hardworking style. Along the way Louis has made 83 appearances scoring 14 goals; whilst winning Division 1, securing promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League and qualifying for the Europa League. 

Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented:

“Louis joined us at an important time and contributed hugely to our success in winning promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League and beyond. It’s fair to say Louis would have liked to play more football in recent times but he has played a vital role in the squad and I thank him for all he has done for us.  I’m sure Louis leaves with nothing but fond memories of his time at Jenner Park.” 

We wish Louis all the very best in his next move and thank him for many years of service to our club. 

Magician of Jenner Park signing out…

Keyon Reffell Signs For Barry Town United

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of forward Keyon Reffell from Hereford FC.

Reffell moves to Jenner Park after four and a half years away from the Welsh league system, with his two year stint with The Bulls in the National League North preceded by spells at Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town and National League outfit Kidderminster Harriers. At Merthyr he was praised for his excellent ability to create numerous assists for teammates, including current Barry player Kayne McLaggon.

Before that, Reffell registered 35 Welsh Premier League appearances for Afan Lido, Camarthen Town and Port Talbot Town having worked up his way up from playing with Caerau Ely and Ely Rangers. The 28-year-old is also a former Cardiff City youth player. 

Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented:

“This move has probably been 10 years in the making, in the fact Keyon was recommended to me as an 18 year old but for the right reasons the move didn’t materialise at that time.

“To Keyon’s credit he has gone on to have a very good career to date and he now joins us with high levels of experience and much quality.

“He’s a great lad who will fit right into our dressing room and is a player I know our supporters will enjoy watching.”